Upstart Photography

London, Greater London

(16 Reviews)

Photography & videography should be better.

You want more than flat, stock-like images, and commissioning a video should be more than an expensive, slow project where your end result is just another cloned corporate film. Whether hanging in a gallery or used for social media, photos & video tell a story; we want to work with you to tell yours.

Events, Corporate, Commercial & Headshots - photography & videography based in London (willing to travel).

  • 15 hires on
  • 48 minutes average response time

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Upstart Photography Reviews


Amazing service, great pics & video

Audrey Used this pro

Great video & pics! Amazing work

Audrey Used this pro

From the moment Bark put me in touch with Upstart Photography I received excellent service from Stephen. He explained his services and kept me informed. I was very pleased with the photos I ordered and have a lovely keepsake of my Birthday party. Would highly recommend.


It was great working with Upstart Photography, thank you Stephen for helping us out at last minute, The pictures look great and we would definitely recommend anybody to use your services. Professional and very efficient and most importantly a nice person!

Alfredo Carreira

Very easy to work with, quick to turn around photos and would use Upstart again. Many thanks Michelle Norris

Michelle Norris Used this pro

Stephen was our photographer at my brother's wedding celebration a couple of weeks ago. From start to finish, he was a pleasure to work with. He was accommodating regarding the photography style we were after, he was well-prepared and arrived punctually. Throughout the event he engaged with our guests (all 450 of them!), he was professional, approachable and fun. He produced a fantastic array of photographs that will serve as a wonderful memory of the evening. We would hire him again without hesitating.

Stephen is a delight to work with, if you hire him for your event, you will not be disappointed. Thank you Stephen!

Priya Majeethia Used this pro

Stephen was extremely helpful throughout the whole process. He delivered exactly what we were after and we received the photo's the day of the event which was fantastic. I would recommend Stephen.


Upstart Photography (Stephen) were quite simply brilliant, from the outset everything was very professional and accommodating. Our work event was an evening boat trip down the Thames it was a very relaxed evening and the weather was fantastic, this made for some excellent shots, Stephen was very prompt on arrival so covered the entire evening from us arriving at the boat to disembarking. On returning back to work the photos were sent via email with a link attached so very easy to look at them on line, I requested 2 CD’s which Stephen was more than happy to supply.
Thanks Stephen!

Jo Baskerville

Had a great afternoon with Stephen shooting for some head shots to use on my website and across social media platforms. Got a real good mixture of fun/professional shots and Stephen was very patient and accommodation of outfit changes and requests! Really fun guy to work with too which is important. Great results as well - the pictures he retouched for me look amazing and even the ones without retouches, I'm really happy with. Would highly reccommend


It was a pleasure to have Stephen as our photographer, a very nice chap, the photos and organisation was brilliant couldn't have had any better


Upstart Photography provided a first class highly professional service.

David Davis

Stephen is not only a very gifted photographer but he also really took the time to understand what kind of headshots I needed. His passion for photography and people is evident in the pictures and I must say I've never had that much fun on a shoot. Stephen made me feel comfortable and relaxed, which is so important when having pictures taken! I have already recommended him to many of my acting friends and would always book him again!

Mari Stracke

Founder Stephen Hughes is providing a fantastic platform for anyone and everyone to get access to top quality professional photos. Whether head shots or a personality piece Upstart is really filling a gap in the market and I couldn't be happier with the quality of the photography!

Calum Hudson

Stephen worked as in-house photographer for this years East End Film Festival, capturing the event and the attendees (including international filmmakers and renowned actors such as Andrea Riseborough, Andy Serkis, Rupert Graves, Ellie Kendrick and Jodie Whittaker) throughout the festival's 11 day run. This involved a mix of red carpet arrivals photography, as well as more candid party coverage. The role altogether required a mix of photographic skills, people skills, professionalism, and personal confidence - particularly when dealing with the festival's high-profile guests. Stephen was perfect in every respect. As well as internal East End Film Festival marketing purposes, the festival was able to supply Stephen's images for use by publications ranging from film industry magazine Screen International to local London newspapers - so his work was a truly valuable asset. Of equal importance, Stephen was also a real pleasure to work with.

Stuart Haggas

Fantastic professional photography service. They are extremely easy to communicate with and really go above and beyond what you ask of them.

Upstart Photography have been taking photos at my monthly startup events for the last 3 months and I can happily say that they have been a major factor in the growth of the event - They really do capture a moment in a photo what no words can do. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for high quality photographer!

Andrew Htun

I booked a photo shoot with Upstart Photography to get some decent headshots for work & social media. Stephen was super-diligent and really went the extra mile to get some awesome shots. I'm really pleased with the photos and can wholeheartedly recommend Upstart Photography- especially for headshots, startup businesses, and more. Thank you!!

Kayleigh Reid

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Upstart Photography Q&A

What’s the secret to taking a great photograph?

I think that most people don't realise that the key to great photos is having a photographer who is really sociable and good with people; you're never going to get good pictures if you can't make someone smile! Cameras make everyone tense up, so as a photographer my first job is making people comfortable so we can create natural images...
From a technical standpoint, the key to any eye-catching photo is an in depth and working understanding of light. Knowing how different sources, angles, and even the position of the sun will come out on camera takes a long time to learn!

What questions might you ask a client when starting a new project?

- What are you trying to communicate with these images?
- What style are you looking to capture (e.g. candid, natural photos or staged, posed shots)?
- How would you like the photos delivered (prints, digital files, album etc)?
- Any extra requests (dress code, lighting, video etc)?

What do you love most about your job?

It's fairly simple for me - I love working with people! Through photography I have covered a huge range of really interesting events, met and worked with really great people. Showing someone who is nervous of having a photo taken how great they look on camera and seeing their face transform; that's priceless.

What inspired you to start your own business?

Taking the next step and setting up as a business was a huge move, with risks and rewards. Knowing that I would be waking up every day to do something different, whether meeting prospective clients, shooting a fabulous corporate event, or editing photos from my favourite coffee shop - that was inspiration enough!

Why should our clients choose you?

If you're looking for a complete package, easy to work with photographer who can deliver stunning images the next day, someone who your guests will enjoy having around and works with total flexibility, look no further!

Upstart Photography Services

Events Photography

- Birthdays - Family Events - Corporate Events - Advertising & Promotional Materials - Reportage photography - Candid shots - Setting up/Behind-the-scenes shots - Photobooth Stand available - Non-intrusive - Logo overlay

Headshots, Portraits & Lifestyle

- Headshots (for Castings, Social media, Spotlight, StarNow) - Corporate Headshots - Linkedin, Websites etc. - Portraits - Lifestyle - Portfolio work - Instagram updates - Showreels

Corporate & Startup

- Product photography - Advertising & Marketing - Website & Promotional work - Offices & Architectural - Events - Headshots (for social media, interviews, LinkedIn) - Pitch Documents - Kickstarter - Annual Reports


The Bloomsbury Club opening & Press night

Mix of candid, staged, and advertising style shots for the opening night & the press night of the Bloomsbury Club; an upmarket 1920's style bar at the Bloomsbury hotel.

Silicon Drinkabout

Event photography for Tech Networking event Silicon Drinkabout - hosted at the Dalloway Terrace in Central London.

Club Sandwich

Event Photography for tech networking evening Club Sandwich, hosted at Magic Roundabout in Old Street, London.

Capital One Growth Labs

Mix of candid, staged, and promotional shots for the pitch day of Capital One Growth Labs - the startup accelerator hosted by Capital One and LMarks in Nottingham.

Actor, Model & Pro Headshots

Various - see gallery for some examples.

  • 15 hires on
  • 48 minutes average response time

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